In March of 2005, one of FictionAlley's longtime writers lost her battle with leukemia. Even while she was in the hospital fighting against her illness, she continued to find strength as she wrote her story, assisted by her father, Dave O'Brien. As her father said, "Katie always wanted to be a writer, and she used this forum [FictionAlley] to fulfill her dreams. Correspondence with those who read and enjoyed her story sustained her even during the worst of times."
Katie finished writing her story six days before she died; her father has continued to upload those chapters onto FictionAlley through the spring.
When we at FictionAlley learned that Katie had passed, we realised that the best way we, as a site, could honour her memory would be to provide other writers, as well as artists and those who give back to the community, with some help in making their dreams come true, so with the permission of Katie's family, we established a scholarship fund in Katie's name. In 2006 we awarded the first three scholarships to a talented artist, a talented writer and a young woman devoted to community service. Information about the 2007 application process will be available in January, 2007.